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The Garden Rooms

Private entrance to the Garden Rooms

Private entrance to the Garden Rooms

We have a variety of locations available for private hire, from weddings and civil partnership ceremonies, to corporate hire and meetings. 

You can reserve the Garden Rooms for a meeting, private lunch, dinner or afternoon tea, or the Orangery for a special celebration.

The Orangery

Come and see our Orangery in the Spring. © Kenny Gray

The Orangery was built in the 18th century and restored in 2002-03.

It houses 32 citrus trees and is a wonderful venue for a summer wedding.

The Garden Rooms

Come and see our Orangery in the Spring. © National Trust

A private suite of rooms with separate entrance including the Garden Room and Lord Lothian's Study.

The Hobart Gallery

Come along to one of the exhibitions in the East Wing Gallery © Maureen Kimbley

This popular exhibition space comprises three well-lit interconnecting areas suitable for a variety of uses.

Weddings

Blickling's stunning surroundings, choice of locations and exquisite menus will make your special day unforgettable.

Corporate hire

The Garden Rooms are an inspiring place to hold a meeting.

Email Blickling Functions if you would like to know more.

 

Outdoor events

Have you considered holding an event at Blickling?

The house and garden provide an ideal backdrop for car rallies, theatre performances and concerts.

Nice to know

  • Available for group visitors and community hire
  • Situated close to the Muddy Boots cafe & main car park
  • Basic kitchen with tea-making facilities
  • Has its own large parking area
  • For hire by the hour at £12/hour

Like to hire the old school?

The old school is available to hire for groups and private functions © Jo Bosch

The old school is available to hire for groups and private functions

The school is a very important part of the history of the estate and we'd love to see it used more.  By hiring it for your group activity, you're helping us to generate enough income to invest in sympathetic conservation and improvement work in the future, without diverting funds from other conservation projects on the estate.

Whether you belong to a local community group, or you're visiting Blickling from further away, it is available for hire by the hour for talks, meetings or even indoor picnics. Booking enquiries

History

The school is on the left, with the old headmistress’s house to the right © Unknown

The school is on the left, with the old headmistress’s house to the right

A philanthropic benefactor

The school was built in 1867 and paid for by William, the 8th Marquess of Lothian. It was designed to reflect the architecture of Blickling Hall, with a stepped gable and tall ornate chimneys.

The early years
The architect was Robert Bartram of Aylsham. There was originally just one room, but an infant classroom was added around 1874. The school teachers shared an entrance with their children, and the accommodation was accessed via a small lobby which led to the kitchen, parlour and upstairs chambers.

Securing its future

Do you know who appears in this 1950’s photograph? © Unknown

Do you know who appears in this 1950’s photograph?

New landlords

The National Trust became the landlords of the school in 1941-2 and a 21-year lease was signed. Water was connected to the school in the 1950’s but there were no flush toilets and bucket-type lavatories existed until at least 1960. By 1968 there were only 24 children on the roll.

After its closure in 1982, the school was used for many years by the local Rural Community Association as a playgroup and for various other activities. However, with declining interest in the use of the building and the cost of ongoing maintenance and repair, the group asked us to take it back into our care in 2013.

Some of the children who went to the school now work or volunteer for the National Trust at Blickling.

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